Work hard to make good memories, Meik Wiking

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Meik Wiking, CEO of The Happiness Institute, explores what makes us happy. “It’s about having a sense of connection, a sense of purpose, and exploring positive emotions on a daily basis,” he says. During the pandemic, our sense of connection has suffered, he says, which impacts our daily mood, overall life satisfaction and the meaning […]

Looking for silver linings, Susanna Newsonen

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Susanna Newsonen is a life coach – the Happyologist. Although Susanna says she was originally a natural pessimist, she has studied positive psychology and tries to look for happiness. Susanna believes that we can also learn to be more happy – mindfulness and gratitude can help. Being happy doesn’t mean ignoring reality or negative emotions, […]

Lessons from an urban monk, Pandit Dasa

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Pandit Dasa, the child of Indian immigrants, grew up in America. He joined a monastery in 1999, hoping to find clarity and purpose in a simpler life. He spent 15 years living as a monk in New York, before deciding he wanted to leave the monastic order to take his teachings into the corporate world […]

Re-evaluate your purpose

Struggle & success

Success coach Nicolina Werther suggests this is a really good time to re-evaluate what gives us meaning and purpose, considering our lives have changed significantly in 2020. “While the world may be slowly getting back to ‘normal’, you may have changed significantly as a result of the pandemic,” she says. “We need meaning […]

The view from the balcony, Anna Percy-Davis

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Anna Percy-Davis is a career coach and mentor who advises her clients to seek more genuine, authentic versions of themselves in the workplace. Although she says we can’t wave a magic wand to sort everything out, we can tweak our perceptions and our behaviour gradually. Anna says self-care is vital, as is finding people who […]

Busy Doing Nothing?, Claudia Hammond

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Claudia Hammond’s new book, The Art of Rest, looks at how we can learn to rest better and use rest to recharge ourselves more effectively. As an author, broadcaster and psychology lecturer, Claudia is undoubtedly a busy person. She’s learnt that taking breaks to do something you enjoy, such as gardening in her case, can […]

From university dropout to inspiration

True stories

Izzy Radford In November 2018, I dropped out of University after six weeks. I aim to help young people at highly academic schools realise that going straight to university isn’t the only option. I want to encourage people to think critically and evaluate their options rather than just following the crowd, and how to navigate the real world […]

The Value of Happiness, Lord Layard

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Richard Layard is an Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics where he is also Director of the Wellbeing Programme, as well as a member of the House of Lords and the co-founder of Action for Happiness. His books include Happiness: Lessons from a New Science, and Thrive. Lord Layard began his career as […]

A conversation with Sadhguru

Feed your mind

Head Talks was delighted to partner with How:to Academy on a rare public event with the visionary yogi Sadhguru in London recently. If you didn’t manage to attend, you can view the on-stage discussion between Sadhguru and BBC World News host Yalda Hakim in this video. Their conversation covered a spectrum of issues relevant today […]

Being brave is beautiful, Petra Velzeboer

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Petra Velzeboer was brought up in a cult, the Children of God. Lacking education but feeling that she was meant to save the world, she used alcohol and drugs to try to cope. Lonely after the birth of her children, she reached rock bottom but realised she had a choice. Petra chose to pursue happiness. […]

How Altruism Rewires the Brain for Happiness

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How Altruism Rewires the Brain for Happiness Neuroscientific research suggests that the brain is wired for altruism, offering a reward whenever we do nice things for others. If you can understand how your behaviour affects your mental wellbeing, then you can start to pick up new habits which encourage personal development. There are many causes of low […]

Belonging To Something Bigger Than Yourself, Jane Lunnon

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Headmistress The Head of Wimbledon High School, Jane Lunnon, says that the world has changed for her pupils. The old certainties of society aren’t there any more — what fills the gaps is often social media. Jane says young people need breaks from comparing themselves to their peers. Nothing, she says, beats a really good […]